Betty Gerstner

     Artist in Paradise

Hand Painted Porcelain


Tall Halo Perfume Bottle
Tall Halo Luster Perfume Bottle

Halo Lusters are a special type of luster.  They contain a chemical ingredient which causes them to "halo" when applied to the porcelain.  The method I use for this application is to first just paint the halo color on to the piece.  Then, after several seconds (about 30 seconds to a minute) l dip the brush into the halo luster again and just "dot" it into the already applied luster that is on the piece.  This causes the paint to pull away from the center of the "dot", leaving a circular design.  The more luster applied, the looser the circle will be.  And the longer you let the first application dry, the more distinct and smaller the circle will be.  By continuing to "dot", with the loaded brush, into the already applied lister, interesting designs are formed. 

I believe that the halo luster I used was Halo Gold or, possibly Halo Antique Blue.  I applied Mother of Pearl to the top "neck" of this perfume bottle. After the luster and Mother of Pearl firing, I painted a band of Liquid Bright Gold around the neck of the perfume bottle on the raised area between the Mother or Pearl and Halo Luster. I also painted the stopper with Liquid Bright Gold. I did not like the way the gold application came out after firing the bottle, and so I applied Liquid Burnish Gold over the firedLiquid Bright Gold. Liquid Burnish Gold is not quite as shiny as Liquid Bright Gold. It has a more "satin" look.

This perfume bottle is in the Kailua Village Artists Gallery
at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort in Keauhou, Hawaii, on the Big Island.

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